Body length: approx 19 cm
67 - 155 g
Estimated at 1,500 - 7,000
Lowland forests, sometimes found in plantations and scrub jungle
Who's calling. It's the fairy pitta, whose flight calls resound throughout the thick underbrush of its home. Because the little ground forager is difficult to spot in the dense forest, researchers use playback of its call and wait for responses to determine its location. But fewer and fewer are being found as deforestation, extensive trapping for captivity and fatalities from striking windows during migration flights have all taken their toll on fairy pitta populations. One day, its call may very well fall silent.